Jesse Hahn struggled with consistency after having a breakout season with the Oakland A’s in 2015. On Monday, the team traded the right-handed starter to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for relief pitcher Ryan Buchter and Brandon Moss — who played in Oakland from 2012 to 2014.
The A’s included prospect Heath Fillmyer and received cash considerations.
Buchter, who turns 31 in February, had a solid 2017 season. He started the year with the San Diego Padres and was included in the Brandon Maurer trade at the deadline. He carried a 2.89 ERA (but, buyer beware: He also had a 4.54 FIP) over 71 appearances. The lefty specialist did his job with regularity, forcing left-handed hitters into a .176 average.
Moss will be familiar to A’s fans as he played his best years in Oakland. Since leaving the team, though, he’s struggled to produce consistently. Last season, he hit .207/.279/.428 in 118 games with the Royals. He also had 22 home runs with an 84 OPS+. Moss will turn 35 this season. It’s unclear what his role will be as first baseman Matt Olson also hits from the left side of the plate and the A’s just made designated hitter Khris Davis their highest-paid player on the payroll.
Hahn emerged in 2015, when he had a 117 ERA+ over 96.2 innings. Those are both career highs after he struggled to locate his breaking pitches over the last two years, indicating some health issues. He missed nearly two months combined last season on the disabled list and bounced between Oakland and its minor-league outposts consistently.
Fillmyer hasn’t gotten past Double-A as a prospect for the Athletics. The righty was a fifth-round pick in 2015.